People say that music can make the world a better place.

Aubree Weiley knows this to be true.

She’s spent more than 20 years working as an administrator, educator, and musician, exploring her dual passions for youth empowerment and social development everywhere from Baltimore to Barquisimeto, London to Los Angeles. An innovative instructor, seasoned fundraiser, and passionate advocate, Weiley has devoted herself to nurturing communities through music education.

Having studied vocal performance at Northwestern University, Weiley spent her early career pioneering musical programming at Chicago’s Sunlight African Community Center, then joined the Peace Corps to teach and conduct ethnomusicological research in Lesotho. Upon returning to the U.S., she became program director of the People’s Music School, the only tuition-free music school in Chicago. Between 2002 and 2013, Weiley co-created a ten-level theory curriculum, private lesson studio curriculum, and ensemble lesson curriculum; designed in-school and after-school programs that increased the number of students served by 300%; organized a concert series that included 240+ concerts and educational performances; and applied her wealth of experience to expanding this venerable institution’s reach and impact.

In 2014, she was chosen to be a Sistema Fellow at the New England Conservatory of Music. Funded by the 2009 TED Prize, the Sistema Fellows Program offered postgraduate training to entrepreneurs who were passionate about connecting the arts, youth, and social change. Weiley studied the El Sistema movement in depth with residencies in Venezuela, Brazil, and Peru, and these studies cemented her belief that sharing and learning through music brings great pleasure, deepens societal and personal development, and builds stronger, healthier communities.

Currently, Weiley works as a consultant and teacher at Chicago High School for the Arts; shares her Sistema experiences and wisdom through her Uno En Música website; and teaches Music for Social Change at North Park University.

Through her inventive and dynamic work, Aubree Weiley has witnessed music’s power to transform individuals and communities.

Facilitating that transformation is her life’s calling.


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